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Samba Brazilian Grill

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240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703 (State Street)
608-257-1111
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 13
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hard to stop eating

Great place to have dinner and socialize. Took a friend out for dinner here. The salad and hot dish area was full of many kinds of different foods. I tried a few hot dishes and a cold salad. I thought the salad was very well put together and had very good flavor. Nothing from this area tasted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
mx07419
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

First time coming to a Brazilian Grill and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Try everything, there's nothing you won't like.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved all the different foods you can try and all the meats, better to go on Sunday Brunch or it is very expensive. Salad bar is very tasty!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Absolutely the best tasting food in Madison. Could not have been satisfied more. They bring you food until you are full and they cut it right there at the table for you to grab and select the amount. I suggest you go light on their amazing selection of a salad bar. Which is so fresh and full of flavors that... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I though this will be a good chose but I was wrong, first the staff were not attentive at all, ask for a drink the never came, they take too much time to check on. The food was not good they have 7 meat chooses that either salty or tasteless. Over all I do not recommend this place.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Great place to have dinner and socialize. Took a friend out for dinner here. The salad and hot dish area was full of many kinds of different foods. I tried a few hot dishes and a cold salad. I thought the salad was very well put together and had very good flavor. Nothing from this area tasted old or not... More 

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Pardeeville
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We bought two certificates off of Groupon to use at Samba. Six of us traveled to Madison to arrive at Samba at 5:15. We had made a reservation. We were escorted in and soon, Joanne, our waitress came to the table and shared with us what our courses for the night would be. The salad bar has truly unique items... More 

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Platteville, Wisconsin
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32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A Brazilian steakhouse is a wonderful thing - everything from the amazing cold and hot salads/dishes and the fabulous meat and grilled pineapple that the Gauchos bring around when you are ready. The salads and meats are Americanized, but still exceptional. I highly recommend this meal experience. An added bonus is the history of the building - check out its... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A good Brazilian steakhouse is hard to beat. This is a very nice place, but Fogo de Chao in Chicago blows it out of the water, too bad that's so far.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

It costs $38/person to go into Samba, a somewhat hidden, but chic restaurant just a couple of steps off famed State Street. This is really an interesting place, and a very different dining experience. It starts with a truly all-inclusive salad bar, featuring things like Tortas, olives, cheeses, and all sorts of pasta salads, vegetables, and even a couple hot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was finishing up an Advocare 24 day challenge and was able to maintain my special diet while eating delicious food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-257-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 100
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Large groups, Special occasions

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?